Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - July 31, 2014

Expert Rating

4.8 (Excellent)
25 City / 34 Highway

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2015 Subaru Legacy OVERVIEW

The Subaru Legacy has long been one of the most honest and practical choices in the midsize sedan segment. And it's one of the few cars in the class to offer all-wheel drive –- it's standard, as it is on most Subarus. And yet the Legacy still offers good fuel efficiency, while being an excellent value and extremely safe.

Our sister publication, The Car Connection, gave the Legacy its Best Car to Buy award for 2015. "[W]e think you’d be remiss not to include [it] on any value-minded sedan shopping list," writes Bengt Halvorson.

What's New for 2015

The Legacy is newly redesigned for 2015.

2015 Subaru Legacy Glam

Choosing Your Subaru Legacy

Most noticeable about the new Legacy is exterior styling, which tries to be more seductive than before. While its exterior is roughly the same size as before, the 2015 Legacy is marginally bigger inside and in the trunk. Its slippery shape helps fuel economy, which is 26/36 mpg with the 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine used in most models. That motor and the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engines remain mostly unchanged, but both are tweaked for efficiency upgrades and all get a CVT transmission –- no manual is available anymore.

Buyers choose from four trim levels:


The 2.5i comes standard with a suite of power amenities, as well as a new-for-Subaru 6.2-inch touchscreen radio. It bundles HD radio, CD player, Bluetooth with audio streaming, iPod control with USB and AUX inputs and a backup camera. Also standard are split-folding rear seats and automatic headlamps.

2.5i Premium

The Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, a windshield de-icer and a 10-way power driver's seat. The infotainment system is upgraded to a 7-inch unit with voice activated controls and satellite radio. Options include a moonroof, navigation and the EyeSight driver assistance package that includes lane departure warning, and forward collision warning and braking.

2.5i Limited

The Limited adds leather upholstery, driver memory settings for the seat, heated rear seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, cross traffic alert and blind spot detection. A 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system is the main audio upgrade. EyeSight, Navigation and a moonroof are options.

3.6R Limited

The 3.6R Limited adds a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine, HID headlamps, paddle shifters and stainless steel exhaust tips. EyeSight, Navigation and a moonroof are options.

CarsDirect Tip

As tempting as the 3.6R sounds, the Legacy is no sports sedan. Stick with the peppy-but-efficient 2.5i models. The 2.5i Premium bundles the equipment buyers in this class want with advanced safety features that make the Legacy stand out, and all for less than $30,000.

Choose your Subaru Legacy »

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